Floor Time Therapy for Autism
There is no one perfect treatment for autistic children. Autism spectrum disorders are so diverse that each child who suffers from these disorders exhibits different symptoms. Floor time therapy is a new form of therapy that aims at dealing with both the behavioural and communication disorders that autistic children suffer from.
Floor Time Therapy: Any occupational therapist or speech language pathologist initially assesses the basic behavioural and developmental patterns of an autistic child before beginning the therapeutic sessions. The same happens in floor therapy, but in a different way.
- In most exercises or sessions in therapies involving autistic children, there is every chance that the child either finds them boring or is practising them against his/her will.
- But, in this particular therapy, the therapist gives himself/herself time with the child and observes the child closely encouraging the progress of the child.
- The progress can be in the direction that the child is going and the therapist only follow’s the child’s lead providing the required motivation.
- Only problem with this therapy is the limitation of parents’ involvement in the program.
- The ultimate goal of this therapy is to encourage the child’s progress in the way he/she wants it while making sure that the child is feeling comfortable.
The Therapy Sessions: This therapy is an intense one that aims at a new developmental process of the child.
- Each session of the therapy lasts for 20-30 minutes and there exist eight such sessions in a day. The very reason why the involvement of parents in these sessions becomes very difficult.
- Some therapists conduct even ten sessions in a day and the initial results of the therapy would surface in the the form of connectedness. Parents would be able to see the change in the way the child starts interacting with them.
Floor time therapy is no perfect solution to treating autistic traits, but is worth a try for improving a child’s behaviour and social communication.